Catholic Vancouver June 26, 2019
B.C. Catholic recognized among top faith-based publications
The B.C. Catholic has been singled out for several outstanding efforts among North America’s diocesan newspapers and publications.
The Vancouver-based Catholic publication received several awards from the Catholic Press Association at the Catholic Media Conference June 19-21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Honours included Best Personality Profile (First Place), Best Layout of Article or Column (First Place), and Best Regular Column (Second Place) in 2018. The Archdiocese of Vancouver’s Communications office also received First Place for Best Annual Report.
“I am proud and delighted that our B.C. Catholic newspaper has been honoured with these awards,” said Makani Marquis, senior director of the archdiocese’s Communications Office.
“It's especially gratifying for our staff to know that the recognition comes from their peers throughout North America in the same industry. For me, it further confirms and highlights the exceptional quality of work our staff produce week after week.”
The B.C. Catholic was established by Vancouver Archbishop William Mark Duke in 1931. In late 2017, the weekly paper was integrated with the archdiocese’s Communications Office, and its mission statement was updated to “share stories that reveal the heart of God.”
The award-winning submissions covered subjects from drug addiction and homelessness to pilgrimages and spiritual transformation.
Earlier this year, The B.C. Catholic also received several awards from the Canadian Church Press for content published in 2018. Those accolades included Best Feature Layout and Design (First Place), Best In-Depth Treatment of a News Event (Second Place), Best Column (Third Place), Best Biographical Profile (Third Place) and Best Front Page (Third Place).
From the Catholic Press Association
(Weekly diocesan newspapers with circulation of 25,000 or less.)
- First Place – Best Layout of Article or Column (“Simone’s Camino” layout by Inca Siojo, article by Agnieszka Ruck)
- First Place – Best Personality Profile (“A life-changing cup of coffee” by Agnieszka Ruck)
- Second Place – Best Regular Column (“Grace is Waiting” by Jenna McDonald)
- Honourable Mention – Best Personality Profile (“Canada’s oldest blood donor is 95 years young” by Agnieszka Ruck)
- First Place – Best Annual Report by a Catholic Non-Profit Organization (“Committed to Service” by Communications Office)
From the Canadian Church Press:
- First Place – Best Feature Layout and Design, newspaper (“Simone’s Camino” design by Inca Siojo, article by Agnieszka Ruck)
- Second Place – Best In-depth Treatment of a News Event, newspaper (“Pioneering congregation wraps up mission in B.C.” by Agnieszka Ruck)
- Third Place – Best Column, newspaper (“Global Theatre” by C.S. Morrissey)
- Third Place – Best Biographical Profile (“A life-changing cup of coffee” by Agnieszka Ruck)
- Third Place – Best Front Page, newspaper (“Settling In” design by Inca Siojo, editing by Paul Schratz)
From the Knights of Columbus/Columbia Magazine:
- Second Place – Father Michael McGivney Award for outstanding journalism (“Prison ministry: an unlikely community for the ‘worst kind of person’” by Agnieszka Ruck)
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